Asper School places new focus on Indigenous achievment

September 21st, 2012 · No Comments · Aboriginal, Asper School, News, News Release

Effective September 2013, the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business will admit up to 10 new students under its newly-created Canadian Aboriginal Ancestry Admissions Category. business-student.JPG

This new category allows the Asper School of Business to admit Indigenous students who meet a standard, pre-set Grade Point Average that does not change from year to year.

“The Asper School of Business is deeply committed to creating pathways and opportunities for our Aboriginal students to succeed.  Not only will this category provide them with that opportunity, it will ensure that we have a solid Aboriginal representation within our student body,” said Michael Benarroch, Dean of the Asper School.

This admissions category is similar to that of other faculties, such as Nursing and Education, and builds on the University of Manitoba’s Pathways to Indigenous Achievement, which focuses on four directions:

  • Supporting Students;
  • Building Partnerships and Supporting Communities;
  • Sharing Indigenous Knowledge and Research;
  • Celebrating First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Successes.

“We are eager to welcome our first cohort of Aboriginal students admitted under the Canadian Aboriginal Ancestry Admissions Category,” said ABEP Director, Wanda Wuttunee.

“This proposal underlines the Asper School’s commitment to support Aboriginal students in obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree. It is a great opportunity and students will have to work hard to realize their goals.”

At the beginning of his tenure as University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard created a strategic framework to guide the university forward.

One of framework’s pillars is to advance Indigenous education by providing students with the tools they need to be successful, and to reinforce the U of M’s role as a national centre of excellence for Indigenous education.

For more information contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (

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